The Global Soil Week 2017 aims to contribute to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will do so by looking at the subset of SDGs that are under review by the High-level Political Forum 2017 (HLPF) through the perspective of land and soils, thereby providing an integrating perspective across the SDGs; contributing data and other forms of knowledge complementary to the SDG indicators. The Global Soil Week 2017 (GSW) also aims to serve as bridge to empower different actors to share their priorities on the SDG implementation. Proceeding like this, the GSW 2017 intends to contribute to the HLPF theme “Eradicating Poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” and, ultimately, catalyse SDG implementation. Specifically, partners of the GSW intend to:

    • Account for trade-offs and seek synergies between the SDGs;
    • Move from knowledge production and sharing to learning processes that feed into action;
    • Empower actors to be able to contribute to follow up and review processes of the 2030 Agenda;
    • Increase the ownership of the 2030 Agenda;
    • Address critical pressure points, namely: (i) Net resource pressures; (ii) Consumption and production patterns; (iii) Access and rights to resources.

Workshop1: Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives: Data – Knowledge – Action


Workshop2: Right to [defend] Land, strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews


Workshop3: Protecting land resources for shared Prosperity


  • Plurality

    Universality lives off Diversity

  • Power

    Building Local Cells of Accountability

  • Human Rights Based

    Responsible Mediation of Competing Demands on Natural Resources

The Lab

At the LAB we will come together to produce an example of how to look at the SDGs being reviewed at the HLPF 2017 (SDG 1, 2,3, 5, 9, 14, 17) through the lens of soil and land. The Lab is an open space for multi- stakeholder deliberation on gaps and synergies within and between the SDGs. We will focus on the 2017 HLPF theme of eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity and jointly develop priorities for action at different scales throughout the next years, to make the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda a reality. The Lab is a space for the convergence of actors, perspectives and discussions emerging from the preparatory processes and workshops of the Global Soil Week.

Get Involved

We are developing the workshops together with our partners. Please check our website for updates on the programme and contact for general enquiries or the individual workshop facilitators. Your contributions are welcome!



GSW Funders

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